I dread the winter months when many of my favorite foods are out of season. Nothing's worse than craving a food you love to eat and knowing you have to wait eight months for it to return. Sure, these days you can get almost anything year round at your local grocery, but I'm not big on buying fruits and veggies that have to travel thousands of miles on planes, trains and automobiles to get there. So what's the solution?
Recently, I've made a big point of doubling most of my recipes and freezing half so that our family has food to eat on the day and also something to look forward to down the road. That's a real plus when I'm craving apples or pears in summer, or peaches or tomatoes in winter. And it means on cold nights when I'm dreaming of these Eggplant Burgers, they're only 10 minutes -- not 8 months -- away! These burgers have a firm texture, are moist inside and have a crisp outer crust. And since they're shaped into patties, they're perfect to put on a bun with some melted cheese and place in your little one's hand to munch on, for a snack, lunch or dinner. When time isn't on your side, but you still want something healthy and easy to prepare for dinner, you'll be happy to have these on hand -- no matter what time of year!
Accompaniments: Whole Wheat Bagel, Buns,Cheese, Tomato, Lettuce, Ketchup, Pickles